Opinion as to whether Ahab in Moby Dick is a tragic hero
Write a 5-paragraph essay that gives your opinion as to whether Ahab in Moby Dick is a tragic hero.
Develop a definition of a tragic hero from the Greek definition developed by Aristotle. Learn more about the definition of a tragic hero by visiting the following Web
Definition: A Greek philosopher, educator, and scientist who lived from 384 to 322 B.C., considered one of the greatest thinkers of Western culture
Context: In his book Poetics, Aristotle explains his theory of a tragic hero and how tragedy affects the spectators watching it.
Definition: Arrogance or excessive pride; usually referring to humans trying to act like the Greek gods
Context: It can be argued that Captain Ahab displayed hubris in thinking he could conquer the great whale.
Definition: An American writer who lived between 1819 and 1891; most well known for Moby Dick and Billy Budd.
Context: Misunderstood when it was published in 1851, Moby Dick, by Herman Melville was not recognized as a masterpiece until the 20th century.